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Readalog #9 | Bring Your Own Sunshine

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Readalog by Neha

December 8 · Issue #9 · View online

I collect words the way some people collect coins or butterfly specimens.
And this is where I share some of them with you.


Winter is officially here. There’s nothing like warm hugs, mugs of steaming hot chocolate, chai and coffee, and reams of books, to keep you warm. I hope you have all of the above in abundance, to outlast the winter chill.
And remember, winter always turns to spring. Till then, wherever you go, bring your own sunshine. 🙏🙏

From Around the Web
  1. The importance of reading cannot be stressed enough, and there are multiple reasons why one should read. One of them is to understand and appreciate the ‘other’. In this small excerpt from Amanda Michalopoulou’s opening speech for the International Literature Festival of Odessa, read about how fiction plays a vital role in dramatising difference and encouraging empathy in an era of fear and division.
  2. This charming article by Maria Popova talks about the changing means of communication, in both personal and mass media, forcing one to indulge in nostalgia. “My letter-writing self seemed to have entirely different things to say, and to say them entirely differently, than my email-writing self, and yet the two selves belong to the same person.”
  3. When it comes to articulating the contradictory arguments, I cannot think of a better orator and writer than Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. How she manages to remain unbuckled and yet present her point of view all too calmly is enviable. Read her latest write-up in The New Yorker, where she exhorts us to resist the slightest extension in the boundaries of what is right and just, in the wake of the US elections.
  4. And here is a befitting tribute to Michelle Obama who has spent the past eight years quietly and confidently changing the course of American history, by four eminent personalities (one of them happens to be Chimamanda, yet again!), published in The New York Times Style Magazine.
  5. In this article, Kevin Kruse expounds on Netflix’s beautiful approach to culture and rules, and how it poses a natural solution to foundational hiring problems.
  6. Lastly, here’s NYTimes’ list of events that will shake, or gently rattle, the world in 2017. Mark your calendars!
Book of the Week
The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster.
The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster.
Being lost is never a matter of not knowing where you are; it’s a matter of not knowing where you aren’t.
In Three Words: Enduring. Funny. Classic.
Why Should You Read It: Because it’s like a warm hug on cold winter nights. The genius wordplay will keep you chuckling throughout the book, and the fun comes not from metaphors but from literal puns. You should read it for a magical sojourn from the Mountains of Ignorance to the Sea of Knowledge, traversing through the Doldrums, Foothills of Confusion, Dictionopolis, Digitopolis… in search of Rhyme and Reason!
Beyond the Book: Norton Juster, an architect, proposed writing a book for children about cities, for the young Baby Boomers would soon have responsibilities for the cities. He received a grant from Ford Foundation for the project. But soon hit a wall, and started writing snippets about a young boy named Milo, which began to consume his days and nights. The author shared his apartment with cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who saw the draft, got mesmerised, and began drawing illustrations for the book, which make the book what it is today!
Word Wise
aesthete
n. a person with a special appreciation for and refined sensitivity to art, beauty and aesthetics; who takes time to set and enjoy a particular mood.
#FF
@saucyspaghetti. The sassiest woman I know, Sheila frequents Twitter quite infrequently these days. But when she does, she takes it by storm. One of the early favourites, she is a badass pilot, writer of graceful prose and verse, lover of dogs and beauty extraordinaire. All in all, a gorgeous human being.
#OnLoop
Fairytale by Alexander Rybak. If cheerfulness was a song, it would be this one. A gleaming reflection of Nordic folk music, the song transports you to astonishing places, far removed from the everyday life.
P.S. As always, I’d love it if you shared this with friends, family and acquaintances who you might enjoy reading it.
With warmth and gratitude
Neha
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